Archive for July 2011
We loved Jack Black when he did the voice of Po in Kung Fu Panda. Well, he’s back for Kung Fu Panda 2.
Po is living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace along with his friends and fellow kung fu masters, the Furious Five, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Crane (David Cross). Soon they are needed again.
Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) receives word that the leader of the kung fu council protecting Gongmen City, Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber), has been killed by a weapon that can defeat kung fu. It was made by the evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman).
It turns out Shen is connected to Po’s past.
Years ago, Shen’s family ruled Gongmen City in peace. He wanted to use the power of fireworks as a weapon but the court’s goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) predicated that “a warrior of black and white” would one day defeat him. He thought she meant the giant pandas that lived in a peaceful village nearby so he had them all killed. Now that I think about it. Po is the only panda I’ve seen in both films.
I love this movie.
I liked how the Furious Five were more accepting of Po in this film, especially Tigress. They were harsh on him but I watched Secrets of the Furious Five that showed their pasts, I was thinking what a bunch of hypocrites.
Crane was a janitor at a this kung fu academy where people made fun at how skinny he was. Monkey was a trickster that made people slip on banana peels and pulled down their pants. Viper was born without fangs and was a ribbon dancer. Mantis was an impatient and overconfident warrior. Tigress was an orphan with anger issues and everyone was scared of her.
So if you guys could do it, why not him?
When Po found out about his past it was sad but he realized lived a good life. He was raised by his goose father Mr. Ping (James Hong), has friends and achieved his dream, a dream no one believed that would ever come true. He’s still the same hungry lovable panda we fell in love with. Po will always be Po.
Master Oogway from the first movie said it best: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
Have you ever partied so hard that by the next morning you had no idea what happened the night before?
That’s what happened in the film The Hangover, where three friends Phil (Bradly Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifanakis) wake up in Las Vegas after a bachelor party to find they have no memory from the previous night’s events and they misplaced their friend Doug (Justin Bartha), who is getting married the next day.
At first I thought the movie would be completely stupid but when I watched it for the first time on HBO I fell in love. It was one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. When word got out they were going to make a sequel I was like, hell yeah!
They say “lightning never strikes twice”, well whoever came up with that would reconsider that theory after meeting the Wolfpack because for these guys lightning *does* strike twice.
In the sequel our friends fly to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After what happened in LasVegas Stu isn’t taking any chances so he holds a safe bachelor brunch but Phil convinces him to have at least one beer. What could go wrong? Everything.
The next morning they wake up in a dirty motel room in Bangkok. Alan’s head is completely shaven and Stu has a face tattoo. There’s also a chain-smoking monkey, a severed finger and gangster, Leslie Chow (Ken Jeon) from the first film. Alan befriended him after Vegas and invited him as his plus one.
Well good news is they didn’t lose Doug again. He left early that night and he’s still at the resort. The bad news is they lost Teddy (Mason Lee), Stu’s fiancée’ little brother. It’s bad enough that Lauren’s (Jamie Chung) father doesn’t approve of him but when he finds out that Stu lost his only son than he’s in deep shit.
OMG! I laughed throughout the entire movie!
It was the basic formula: find missing friend, retracing their steps, finding clues to help in their search and running into a few interesting characters along the way like prostitutes, monks, gangsters etc. It was the same but they changed it around a bit that left you wondering how the hell did that happen?
It was hard to pick who was the funniest.
There was Alan. The guy was weird but you can’t help but love the guy. You know those pictures they showed at the end of the credits in the first film and how they swore to look at it once and then delete it? Well, Alan actually saved saved them and the pictures are now hanging in his room. LOL! Oh my god, the look on Stu’s face was priceless!
Stu was another favorite of mine. In the first movie he was kind of boring and involved with this woman who was a super bitch but when he gets hammered he becomes a completely different person. What happened to him in Vegas doesn’t compare to Bangkok. There was a scene where the guys go to the place where Stu got the tattoo and the tattoo artist showed them a video of Stu taking off his shirt during a riot yelling, “fuck the police!” It’s always the quite ones.
There’s also Chow. This guy was funny as hell! I’m glad they gave him a bigger role in this film. He did an awesome job. I loved the part where they were in that car chase scene. While Stu was trying to get the monkey in the car Chow yells “hold on gay boys!” LOL!
I was surprised to see a few faces, like Paul Giamatti. He played this criminal named Kingsley, who was doing business with Chow. Also Bryan Callen, Eddie the chapel owner from the first film, he played Samir the owner of the strip club. I didn’t recognize him because his hair looked different. Mel Gibson was suppose to have a small role in the film as the tattoo artist but he got replaced by Liam Neeson and he got replaced by some other guy.
I heard a rumor that there was going to be a third hangover movie and it involves Alan and a mental hospital. Never a dull moment with this guys.